Sadly, it most likely will not be contained. Watching Foxnews these past few days, I've seen many building on fire, from a marina, houses, businesses, and warehouses. Add to that the looters destroying businesses, and not just for food. Though I abhor theft, food and water are necessities and I can understand the reasoning. People stealing weapons and ammo from sporting goods, high dollar gym shoes, clothing, and in a place with no power grid at all, televisions, vcrs, dvd players, dish systems, computers, phones, and media (vcr and dvd). Some even tried to break open slot machines from destroyed casinos. Part of me wonders about some who chose to stay behind, thinking they stayed for a shopping spree.
I mourn for New Orleans. Flooded, trashed, diseased, and I am very reminded of tsunami disasters in Polynesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand. Southern Louisiana has been knocked about 120 years back in time. Only then they didn't have to worry about oil, gasoline, other auto fluids, chemicals and industrial waste now creating rainbow slicks on the festering water. With all the extensive damage, from fire, flood, wind, disease and people, New Orleans might be well served by doing what they've done in the past. Wipe the slate and start from scratch, from the ground up.